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DeKalb redistricting faces lawsuit, but…

March 8, 2011

The AJC reported today that a lawsuit was filed in DeKalb Superior Court to stop the planned redistricting of DeKalb schools. Well that lawsuit itself is questionable(see images here and here). It seems John Evans of the DeKalb NAACP says that he did not sign on to the suit, nor did he give permission for others to use his name on the lawsuit. According to the AJC, five parents filed the complaint along with Evans. Looking at the suit, it seems that Latasha Walker is the lead plaintiff as well as several others including Evans. When I spoke with Evans, he said that he was not a willing or active participant in the suit, and has asked those who filed the suit to remove hos name by the end of the day or he will take legal action. He said he would not discuss any of the details of the redistricting or whether he supports the lawsuit until his name is removed. I did talk with a staffer at the DeKalb NAACP offices, and he too was surprised that Mr. Evans was a party in the suit. The question I have is how can someone just add you to a lawsuit without your consent or knowledge? I think someone has a lot of explaining to do.

Here is a copy of the complaint filed yesterday. A quick read of the document, and the first thing out of my head was that this was not filed by an attorney. Usually at the bottom, you will see the filing attorneys information. Also The AJC reported that one petitioner, Annette Davis Jackson, moved out of DeKalb to Gwinnett because her kids were kicked out of school. The complaint states that Ms. Jackson is a resident of DeKalb. I do not know if that is sworn testimony, but if it is then she has some explaining to do also.

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  1. EBrown
    March 23, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Ms. Jackson and her two children were frequent speakers during Citizens Comments at School Board meetings. All of a sudden, they no longer were speakers. Allegedly she was a Gwinnett resident that leveraged her spouse’s employment in DeKalb to send her children to DESA. Board policy states that slots in magnet programs are reserved for DeKalb residents only.

    If this is true, Ms. Jackson ‘stole’ from DeKalb County.

  2. Dekalbite
    March 9, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I agree that small schools need to be redistricted and closed in order to save money, but I have a problem with a system will close neighborhood schools that are funded by the state (even if the funding is not 100%) while leaving a facility like Fernbank Science Center untouched. Fernbank Science Center cost $7,000,000 a year and is funded at 0% by the state. Most of the employees are administrative and support – not even teachers. Where are DeKalb’s priorities? If Ms. Tyson and the BOE are serious about the pain being equally shared, they will cut an administrative and support group that has the dubious distinction of having the largest Staff to Teacher and Staff to Student in the metro area (Staff being non-teachers).

    If they had offered up cuts in the administrative and support area and in areas like Fernbank Science Center, I think it would be easier for parents to feel like this budget wasn’t balanced on the backs of their children while the Central Office conducts business as usual.

  3. Name One
    March 8, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    As a former convicted felon, is John Evans even allowed to file a lawsuit?

    • March 9, 2011 at 10:38 am

      I did not know he was a felon! I don’t think that robs him of the ability to sue though.

  4. Name One
    March 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    DCSS head of Internal Affairs Ron Ramsey’s Bombshell below.

    Guess having a high paid six figure DCSS job that allows him to be off at the state senate for three months plus giving him time to run multiple family businesses is not enough!

    http://www.atlawblog.com/2011/03/more-than-50-lawyers-vie-for-dekalb-judgeships/

    More than 50 lawyers vie for DeKalb judgeships

    The Judicial Nominating Commission has appointed a subcommittee to vet more than 50 nominees for two open DeKalb State Court judgeships.

    JNC Co-Chair Pete Robinson of Troutman Sanders will chair the three-lawyer subcommittee, working with DeKalb District Attorney Robert James and Chris Carr, chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson. The subcommittee will conduct a preliminary review of nominees and make a recommendation at the JNC’s next meeting, which has not yet been scheduled but likely will occur later this month.
    The open judgeships were created by the resignation of Barbara Mobley, who stepped down to end a Judicial Qualifications Commission inquiry, and J. Antonio DelCampo, who announced he was leaving to join plaintiffs’ firm Harris Penn Lowry.

    The nominees are: Angela Afflick; Akintunde Akinyele; Charles Bailey; Gina Bernard; Kimberly Blackwell; Scott Bonder; Lynne Borsuk; Todd Boyce; Marco Corales; Robert Dallas; La Tisha Dear; Fatima El-Amin; John Gatto; Sylvia Goldman; Jason Graham; Joseph Hardy; James Hollingsworth; Stacey Hydrick; Yvonne Hawks; James Hays; Asha Jackson; Laurene Jackson; Claire Jason; Kenneth Jones; Henry Kwak; David Lipton; Greg Lohmeier; Nicole Marchand; Johnny Mason; Matt McCoyd; Toni McDowell; Dionne McGee; Curtis Miller; James Miller; Michael Miller; Jody Peskin; Ronald Ramsey; Stefan Ritter; Eleanor Ross; Michael Rothenberg; Anton Rowe; Thomas Stubbs; Christopher Timmons; Caroly Torres-Mable; Denise Warner; Roreita Walker; Thomas Walker; Carol Walker-Russell; Charles Webb; Natalie Wilkes and Phyllis Williams.

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